First Drive

First Drive: Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4

The story:
The plug-in, range-topping version of Peugeot’s 3008 crossover that will appeal to the company tax payer, but might have the fleet buyer baulking at the price
Key rival:Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 300 e-EAT8
MPG:235.4 - 166.2 mpg (high to low, WLTP)
On sale:February 2020

2020 is the year of the plug socket for Peugeot, with a whole range of plug-in hybrid or fully electric models – seven in total – going on sale.

As the name suggests, the 3008 Hybrid4 combines a battery and conventional engine. The battery will give you up to 40 miles of electric-only range, while the engine is a petrol unit, unlike the first 3008 to wear the Hybrid4 badge back in 2011, which featured a diesel.

This all-wheel-drive model has a combined power output of 300hp, while a 2WD version comes with 225hp. The 4WD model has an official CO2 output of 36g/km, which will put it in the 12% BIK category come April 2020.

The four-wheel drive might be up to taking on lightweight off-road terrain – it tackled tracks with no issue on our test and comes equipped with a hill descent system – but it can’t be seen as a direct equivalent of the standard-engine models because it lacks the advanced grip control that can be had on those versions.

Peugeot has worked hard to keep the plug-in hybrids as unobtrusive as possible, and the system is remarkably quiet and smooth on the move. The interchange between battery and petrol power is barely noticeable, while gearchanges on the eight-speed automatic ’box are supremely smooth.

There are four driving modes, ranging from the self-explanatory Electric through to Hybrid, Sport and 4×4. Unless you are sure of a short urban trip with regular charging that allows you to enjoy electric-only driving, then Hybrid makes most sense. The Sport mode is handy for a quick blast of acceleration, with faster gear changes and sharper throttle response, but the heavier steering doesn’t seem necessary in a vehicle that’s set up for efficiency.

First Drive-February 2020-Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4-Image 5Inevitably, squeezing a set of batteries into a car impinges on the boot space, but the 3008 has managed to keep the space above the floor unchanged at least, with the loss only coming in the absence of underfloor storage, where a 25 litre box for storing the charging cable is all that’s available. Peugeot maintains that the space taken up would ordinarily only house the spare wheel, but the overall area still drops from 520 litres to 395.

The biggest issue with the 3008 is one of price, though. This Hybrid4 model is only available with this 300hp engine, and consequently comes with an eye-opening price tag. Yes, the BIK payments for the end user might be comparatively low, but the purchase price is a whopping £46,735.

For those that can live without the four-wheel drive and some of the kit, then the 2WD Allure model is more than £10,000 cheaper, while even going for the equivalent-spec 2WD model saves you £5000. This version might be affordable for employees in the long run but the fleet buyer will pay for the privilege.

tom webster

The verdict

Compelling on paper, great to drive and offers strong fleet credibility. Buyers might baulk at the sky-high price though.